Avoid This New Scam in UAE

Published August 14th, 2018 - 09:45 GMT
Enoc has asked residents to not respond to such fake emails and immediately contact them to check the authenticity of the communication. (Shutterstock)
Enoc has asked residents to not respond to such fake emails and immediately contact them to check the authenticity of the communication. (Shutterstock)

The Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc) has issued a warning about a new scam that is targeting residents in the UAE.

On their Twitter handle, the company shared that an email claiming that the bank account details of Enoc have been changed is shared by the scamsters. They further advise residents to transfer money to another account.

Enoc has asked residents to not respond to such fake emails and immediately contact them to check the authenticity of the communication. 

The group further listen to three types of scam on their official website.

Recruitment scam: Employments are offered falsely on behalf of ENOC. Candidates are contacted by someone claiming to be a representative from ENOC or ENOC's agent. Candidates are interviewed over the phone or via Skype and may be referred to ENOC's website for further information. Fake employment offers are sent with ENOC logo and solicit the transfer of money for a work permit, visa administration, agency fees, deposit on accommodation, medical check-up, etc. Further, the fraudsters may also ask for personal information such as bank account details to set up salary payments. In reality, any fees paid go to the fraudsters and they stop responding to any communications from the candidates once the fees are wired/transferred. 

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Advance fee scam: This scam involves people being persuaded to advance sums of money in the hope of receiving a larger gain. The gain is, however, never realized. The fraudster claims that the target will be reimbursed the upfront fee in the future and once the fee is paid. For example, the targets may receive a business proposal or transaction using the name of ENOC, promise to send products/services, offer to participate in a special deal, solicit contract bids on fictitious projects etc.

Grants/awards scam: Scamsters send unexpected email, letter or call advising that an award/grant has been won. The fraudster will invariably request a fee that is required to improve chances of winning, process the winning, bank fees, government taxes, shipping charges, etc. The fraudster may also request for personal information to confirm the identity of the target and to collect the winning. All claimed winnings are stalled and the fraudsters try to collect as much money in fees and charges.

Enoc has shared steps on how to detect a scam: 

1. Enoc officials do not communicate via generic email addresses such as Hotmail, Yahoo. All communications will always originate from a verifiable ENOC e-mail address (domains of @enoc.com) and not from any free web-based email accounts.

2. Enoc and Enoc recruitment agents do not ask for payments from applicants at any point in the recruitment process.

3. Individuals who are successful in gaining an offer of employment from ENOC, whether directly or indirectly are always required to go through a formal recruitment process. During our recruitment process, the candidate will, in general, meet in person with an Enoc employee or representative for an interview before any formal offer is made

4. Fraudsters usually ask targets to respond quickly or risk missing out.

5. Fraudsters usually request targets to keep business proposals, wining, etc confidential.

6. Fraudsters usually communicate only via email and telephone with a reluctance or a refusal to meet in person.

7. Conduct general searches (Google or Enoc Official website) to verify the details provided in false letters and communications (i.e. CEO's name, companies under ENOC Group). 

How you can contact Enoc

You should consider reporting the incident to your local law enforcement.

You may contact Enoc about any suspected scams perpetrated using the name of ENOC through Enoc Ethics Hotline:

1. Ethics Hotline: 800 ENOC Ethic (800 3662 38442)
2. Ethics Online Reporting Tool: www.enoc.ethicspoint.com


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